Welcome to the Collingwood Trails Network. We all know that a little outdoor activity is a great way to improve our health, and Collingwood’s extensive trails network makes it easier for all of us to step out and discover just how good outdoor activity feels. This exciting and growing network now exceeds 60 kilometres of well-marked, multi-use trails that range from wheelchair accessible routes to adventurous and challenging excursions through a variety of changing landscapes and shore lines.
Collingwood’s trails are four-season multi-use paths for walkers, joggers and cyclists. Most in-town trails invite strollers, wheelchairs, and electronic scooters, and in winter cross-country skis and snowshoes. Snowmobiles are permitted town access via specially marked trails. No other motorized vehicles are permitted.
Signs at trail junctions mark distances and connecting trails and on some trails you will discover boulders marked Heather Pathway, which is part of a five year project made possible through a generous anonymous donation that will allow the trails to link together into a larger system. For those interested in a challenging excursion, the Collingwood Trails Network also links to the Georgian Trails which provides a scenic off-road route to Thornbury and Meaford, and to the Train Trail Extension which provides a convenient route to Stayner.
Trail surfaces consist of concrete walkways, wooden boardwalks, crushed stone pathways and dirt paths. Except for some necessary mowing, the trimming of branches, and the grooming of the trails surfaces to keep the trails open – the trails are left to evolve naturally allowing flora and fauna to await discovery. Collingwood Trails Network follows an Integrated Plant Health Care Programme Policy, which utilizes an ecological approach to promote healthy vegetation and pest management. Preventative care through proper plant selection, planting and maintenance causes the least hazard to human health and the least disruption to natural controls and is the best way to preserve and manage our ecosystem.
Visit the Station Museum for more personalized information and advice to get you on the trails. Pick up our free pocket-sized 2012 Collingwood Trails Network map, available in over 100 businesses in the Collingwood area.
Enjoy the Collingwood Trails!